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What is a Resume - The Cover Letter
The resume is primarily a means to sell your capabilities and services. It is quite unlike a Curriculum Vitae, the chronological list of work and education experiences preferred in Europe and the Far East. The Resume provides details of your skills and experiences to a potential employer so that he can see, in a short summary, how your skills are relevant to the potential job and how you could contribute something of value in your future workplace.
A resume is your advertising and selling tool.You might fulfill all the requirements for a specific position, but your resume fails if the employer does not, on the basis of what he sees on it, immediately conclude that you are the person for the job. Remember, your first priority is to create a resume that attracts the readers immediate attention. The initial twenty seconds will decide whether it ends up in the "under consideration" or the "rejected" file.
The most effective resumes are focused specifically on a job and address the potential employer's stated requirements for the position. The more you know about the duties and skills the job demands the better you can organize your resume around these requirements and the more effective the resume will be.
Hence, the primary requirement for writing a good resume is information about the job on offer. It is not enough to regurgitate what you have done in the past, since that information, with all its accomplishments, skills and experiences is only relevant within the requirements of the position for which you want to be considered.The more you know about the job and the employer the more likely you can "cut the cloth to the right size" and create a resume that explains how you will be an asset for your future employer with the job he offers.
How important is the Cover Letter?
The cover letter is your introduction to a potential employer. What you write in it is the first impression the person gains about your, your capabilities and your personality. Therefore everyone who sends out a resume needs a cover letter. Whether you send it by mail, e-mail, fax or delivered by hand, is immaterial.
Every job offered has different requirements and it is therefore essential that you write a specific cover letter for every job application. There is no such thing as a "general cover letter". Most potential employers see a general cover letter as a sign of a lack of genuine interest in the job and, your chances of being considered for the offered position will be significantly hurt. Therefore, take the time and make the effort to send a cover letter that is tailored to the specific job and to the company you are applying to.
Although, it creates additional work, the positive side of the cover letter is that it provides you with an additional chance to emphasize what you have to contribute to the job, the company or organization. Remember, the person looking at your submission will ask himself: "How can this person help us?" Your cover letter has to answer that question in your own words. Your resume will provide the detailed support of the answer.
The Essential Rules for creating an effective Cover Letter
We thought long and hard about this question! After all, "everyone can write a resume", so, why use someone else who is not familiar with your particular circumstances and who does not know your ambitions job wise? Maybe, the answer is in this very sentence: In your own eagerness to present yourself in the best possible light to a future employer, you overlook what the employer sees or wants to see from you! You present in your resume what you want, rather than what the employer requires or what he is looking for.
A professional resume writer is not the prisoner of his own representation. He or she looks at the task of writing a resume in a neutral fashion, dispassionate and with distance to your own past. As a consequence, that resume writer might see strengths and weaknesses that are not seen as important by you. The distance creates a balanced picture of yourself.
Most people argue that each resume has to be written as a response to a specific job, because only some of the things, you might offer, will be useful in that job. Therefore, the resume as a response to a job vacancy, has to be tailor-made. That is absolutely correct! However, if you start off with a well written generic resume that projects your abilities and your strengths, while it puts your weaknesses somewhat in the background, you are starting out with an advantage.
A Resume Appraiser, as opposed to a writer, will look at you resume and recommend, if required, changes. There are numerous free sites for that, but you have to remember that the business of the appraiser comes from resume writing and the free appraisal is one way to get clients. That does not reduce their usefulness in creating a good resume, but you have to be aware of it.
There are a number of sites offering Resume Writing Services. nursesnet.org also has a team of highly experienced resume writers that offer resume and Cover letter writing. Below is a comparative analysis of some of the services offered on the net. Click on the names on the far left, if you want to know more. Prices may vary from time to time.
Specialist Resume Writing Services
We have had direct experience with the above services we recommend. Other services are by no means inferior, but we have not had any direct experience with them.
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